Juanes to Debut New Single During the World Cup
By Grace Bastidas | 05/19/2010 - 16:00

Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes took time off during his busy recording schedule this past Saturday to receive an award for his humanitarian work at the annual Fedex/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala in Miami. The event was a benefit for the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, a pediatric cancer research center.


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Sound Check: Welcome to ChocQuib Town, You Won’t Want to Leave
By Grace Bastidas | 03/25/2010 - 13:51

ChocQuibTown has been burning up stages with their hip-hop fusion ever since breaking out in 2006 with Somos Pacificos, a record that garnered the Colombian act a Best New Artist nomination at last year’s Grammys. They recently released their sophomore effort, Oro out on Nacional Records (10.99, amazon.com), and are still in high demand.


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Sound Check: Idol in the Making Gustavo Galindo Prepares his Big Debut
By Grace Bastidas | 03/22/2010 - 12:00

Though we have a long-standing love affair with Colombian rockero Juanes, lately our hearts have been beating for another guitar-clutching singer/songwriter. His name is Gustavo Galindo and last week he turned the South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas into a veritable smooch-fest with his romantic ballads. Billboard.com immediately dubbed him an “idol-to-watch” after his performance on Wednesday night.


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International Manhunt For Colombian Lingerie Model Turned Drug Gang Leader
By Dorkys Ramos | 02/25/2010 - 09:54

Police believe that a former lingerie model is the leader of one the world’s largest drug gangs. An international arrest warrant is reportedly in affect for Angie Sanselmente Valencia, 30, who recruited gorgeous models she described as “unsuspicious, beautiful angels” to traffic drugs from South America through Cancun, Mexico and into Europe. The women were paid around five thousand dollars for each trip they made and reportedly one model boarded a plane every 24 hours.


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Controversial Push for Miss Colombia to Get a Nose Job
By Mariela Rosario | 02/08/2010 - 11:57

Ever since Natalia Navarro was crowned Miss Colombia back in November 2009, she has generated controversy. Everything from her use of colloquial "street" Spanish to her physical appearance has come under scrutiny in her native Colombia, where beauty pageants and the cult of perfection inspire passionate debate.


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Honduran Drug Czar Murdered
By Mariela Rosario | 12/21/2009 - 10:08

The brutal murder of General Julian Aristides Gonzalez, which occurred after he dropped his daughter off at school just days ago, is the latest indication of the extent to which drug violence is wreaking havoc all across Latin America. Honduras is at the crossroads of drug smuggling, and Gonzalez found himself trying to handle the situation with the smugglers from Colombia, as well as handling the increasing presence of Mexico's drug cartels.


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Colombian Chefs Create Viagra-Laced “Love Dessert”
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 11/16/2009 - 11:31

Students at a Colombian cooking school presented a sexy spin on dessert at the “Gastronomy 2009” show in Bogota. The pudding-like treat is made with passion fruit, whipped cream, chocolate and Viagra.


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Chavez Warns Troops to Prepare for War with Colombia
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 11/10/2009 - 11:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says his country's soldiers should be ready if the United States attempts to provoke a war between his country and Colombia. Tensions between the two countries continue to rise, and Chavez insists that if a conflict broke out, "it could extend throughout the whole continent."


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ESPN's Bob Griese Suspended After Making Taco Joke About Juan Pablo Montoya
By Mariela Rosario | 10/27/2009 - 12:00

ESPN broadcaster Bob Griese was reprimanded by the sports channel after making racist remarks with regards to superstar NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya. While commentating during Saturday's Ohio State-Minnesota football game, a promotion for NASCAR pictured the top five drivers, but Montoya wasn't one of them.


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Colombian Soccer Team Members Found Murdered in Venezuela
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/26/2009 - 11:00

At least 10 members of an amateur Colombian soccer team were kidnapped and found shot to death in Tachira, a town on the border between Venezuela and Colombia, Reuters reports. Venezuelan Vice President Ramon Carrizalez told reporters the athletes were on their side of the border. One team member survived the attack, and another player is still missing.


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